Porras Research Lab Opportunity

project title

Exploring the risk communication strategies of the Colombian government during the COVID-19 pandemic

A group picture of Dr. Ana Maria Porras with members of her lab.

In this collaboration with researchers at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, the Porras Lab is examining the social media communication strategies used by the Colombian government during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this stage of the project, they are looking for students who want to learn about science communication and are willing to work on a purely computational project. Porras is particularly interested in understanding how microbes interact with human extracellular matrix to drive disease in the contexts of the microbiome, global health, and infectious disease. She is also a science artist and an expert on inclusive multilingual science communication.

Headshot of Ana Maria Porras

Assistant professor

Ana Maria Porras, Ph.D.

Ana Maria Porras, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering in the college of engineering.

Additional Details

Student Level

Undergraduate & Graduate

The lab is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Academic Years

Junior & Up

All volunteers must be in their third-year or further along their academic career.


Fluent in Spanish

All volunteers must speak and read Spanish fluently.

Time Commitment

5-10 hours a week

Volunteers are eligible to work up to 10 hours a week.


On Campus/Virtual

Research will be performed virtually and/or on the University of Florida main campus.

Semesters Available

Spring, Summer

The lab is open to volunteers during the spring and summer semester.


Research Credit/Unpaid

This is an unpaid position, but all volunteers are eligible for research or academic credit.


Possible Co-Authorship

Volunteers have the opportunity to earn co-authorship in a paper.